27 POINT COMEBACK! Bucks 93 – Bulls 92

Milwaukee Bucks 93 FinalRecap | Box Score 92 Chicago Bulls
Ekpe Udoh, PF 29 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | +11This guy had the game-winning basket. He played Joakim Noah to a rebounding stalemate. His interior defense was an exceptional part of the comeback. 5 BLOCKED SHOTS! He almost gave up a potentially disastrous turnover at the end, but he both challenged Hamilton’s potential game-winner and kept Noah from tipping it in on the same play.
Ersan Ilyasova, SF 22 MIN | 8-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 18 PTS | +26This isn’t just Ilyasova’s first good game against this season – it’s his first exceptional game against this particular Bulls frontcourt. This game was won off the 4th quarter rebounding. Udoh boxed out Noah fantastically – much better than his rebounding numbers could possibly suggest. With Noah neutralized, it came down to Carlos Boozer versus Ilyasova for many rebound with Ilyasova’s length prevailing.
Mike Dunleavy, SF 28 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 6 PTS | +17Dunleavy and Udrih have a great sense of spacing. They’re arguably the best passers on the team and definitely less likely to waste a possession on a bad shot compared to Brandon Jennings or Monta Ellis. They were an ideal combo to get get Ilyasova back on track. They work well with other high IQ guy – Udoh – and their passing and selflessness rubbed off on Lamb.
Beno Udrih, PG 28 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-3 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 11 PTS | +18More on the Bucks passing. 16 of the Bucks 23 assists came from the five guys that pulled off the comeback. Ten of those assists came in the fourth quarter. This comeback was based off of passing and rebounding.
Doron Lamb, SG 15 MIN | 3-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +25What Monta Ellis did on the defensive end was indefensible and more than nullified any good will he could have built up by having a great offensive game. Lamb was a major step above Ellis simply by being aware of where Rip Hamilton was. This is nothing special, but knowing is half the battle.

Four Things We Saw

  1. The Bucks finished the game on a 42-14 run.
  2. John Henson got the start for tonight’s game. He got the Bucks off to a quick start with some easy points and a block.
  3. Brandon Jennings looked injured and played as such tonight. This left a bigger load for Ellis to carry and he wasn’t up to task attacking a very tough Bulls defense PLUS guarding Rip Hamilton.

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  1. I don’t understand how Ilyasova can be that much better coming off the bench, but whatever has to be done to get production out of him. I recorded the 2nd half of this game and it will forever stay on the DVR until Time Warner rips my cable box out of the wall. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO indeed.

  2. same thing happened to Ers last year…he started off real shaky Skiles had him come off the bench for bout 15 games and he started producing real well and got back into starting lineup…I guess this is just what it takes for him to get his confidence going, Im sure he’s feeling pretty damn confident 2nite.

    P.S. Joakim Noah needs to cut his nails..Ers looked like he was scratched by a Tiger on that play

  3. That was just so refreshing to see from Ilyasova tonight. I was really starting to be very concerned about him. What an incredible night.

    Also, I hope Doron Lamb can find some minutes. I really like the way he plays the game.

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  5. Ilyasova is a classic case for sports psychology. God only knows how much potential the guy really has if he could just loosen up a bit. Good win and kudos to Skiles for letting the hot hand play.

  6. How sweet! A win in Chicago. So nice to see that group be able to bring it all the way home…even if it was by only one point. A win is a win and THAT win was amazing.

    Woo Hoo Go Bucks!

  7. Why didn’t I watch this game?!?!? Oh yeah, because it looked like they were going to lose by 27. Also, is anyone else concerned that the starters are always on the wrong side of the +/-, and the reserves are always on the good side? Just a thought, hate to poo poo on the parade.

    • So let the bench play! We get so mesmerized by the flashiness of a guy like Ellis but when it comes down to it a combo of Lamb and Daniels may be equally or more effective at getting Ws. The starters may have more talent but the bench has shown a better defensive effort and ability to execute the halfcourt offense on most nights.

  8. length and rebounding.. hmmm.. if only someone made this same point in another post, but I guess we’ll never know.. Keep Buckin’ ’em

  9. This is from the truehoop enemy in Chicago:

    Why the Bulls Should Have Expected Something Like This:
    The Bucks bench went crazy. Absolutely stark-raving nuts. They shot exceptionally well and played with manic energy.

    That said…Milwaukee’s reserves are among the best in the league. If not the best.

    According to Hoopstats, the Bucks bench ranks fifth in the league in steals (4.8), third in points per game (40.8), second in field goal percentage (47.5), first in rebounds (23.0), first in offensive rebounds (6.5), first in blocks (4.3), first in Efficiency (53.9) and first in Efficiency Differential (22.7).

    • Why would Orlando make this trade? I’m pretty sure they’re in rebuilding mode down there.

      Gooden = 2 3/4 years left of pure wackiness
      Reddick = free agent after this year

      Orlando only takes this deal if we throw in a pick. And that’s only acceptable on our part if we’re division winners.

      • Orlando only makes a Redick trade for a young forward/center combo or picks. Don’t want to give up either guy that fits that, so it would be for our first rounder. I would take that trade if they could reup Redick to be the shooter off of the bench.

  10. I shut this game off in the third quarter to watch Dexter, since I had to work early this morning and the Bucks were down 72-51, figuring it was a waste of time… boy, do I feel like an idiot now. GREAT win for the Bucks, and I’m glad to see Ilyasova finally broke out of his funk (for at least a game). Henson played great as the starter as well.

  11. Can we trade Ellis now?
    Someone has to want an undersized, inefficient shot chucker that cannot play defense. If the rookie is that much better than you at just staying near a man, its time to go.

    • In all fairness to Ellis, it appeared that Skiles gave Lamb one mission and that was to stick to Rip like glue. Nod to Udoh for picking him up too.

      Ellis had some pretty nice passes inside to Ersan that helped with his game.

      I’m not ready to bench Ellis for Lamb just yet, but it was great to see everyone contribute.

    • Im not ready to bench Ellis for Lamb at all but there’s not much reason to pay for his services when he makes us marginally more competetive than Lamb (on most nights). The guy is insanely quick and makes some amazing plays, but when it comes down to it he can’t play defense, doesn’t shoot the ball that well, and takes too many questionable shots. Let’s roll the dice on a trade.

  12. Monta makes Michael Redd look like Michael Cooper defensively and I never thought Id see the day when I would miss Micheal Redd’s defense